WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic"

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves together stories of both fictional and well-known historical figures, including Frederick Douglass, the former slave and abolitionist, and Sen. George Mitchell, who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland. The novel explores the chance encounters and ordinary moments that don't make the history books, but can illuminate a period in time. We speak with the author about the role of fiction in the telling of history.

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From the book "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann. Copyright © 2013 by Colum McCann. Reprinted by arrangement with Random House, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.
WAMU 88.5

Concerns Over Russia's Growing Military Presence In Syria

Russia is sending what it calls "volunteer" troops to Syria, and its airstrikes have targeted CIA-backed rebels. We look at Russia's support of the Assad regime and escalating concerns over a possible U.S.-Russia proxy war in Syria.

WAMU 88.5

Searching For Solutions To World Water Scarcity

Experts are increasingly sounding the alarm about water shortages around the world. But, they say, there is room for hope. A conversation about the search for solutions to global water scarcity.

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